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Fall 2014 Session
Sept. 19 to Nov. 14
(8 lessons)

Friday Evenings
7:00 - 9:30 PM

This course is designed as an introduction to life drawing for beginners, ages 12 through adult. Students will draw from directly observing real people, (professional costumed models) using charcoal and pastels.

Students will learn how to analyse the complexity of the human form by using spontaneous line drawings that show the gesture, or movement of a pose, then adding simple geometric shapes such as cylinders, spheres and cubic shapes to give dimension to the torso, head, arms and legs of the figure.

Students will learn how to use light and shadow to enhance the 3-dimensional forms in their drawings. Color may also be added with pastels.

Since all the models will be costumed as fun characters, students will also learn how to draw clothing, so this is a good intro course for any kids who might be interested in a career in fashion design or animation art!

Drawing Faces & Figures
with instructor Johanna Girard

Intro to Life Drawing for Beginners
ages 12 to Adults

25 minute pastel sketch of model Tina posed as a pirate girl,
by instructor Johanna Girard

Course Fee is $450 if you enroll after September 7.
if you enroll on or before September 7.

This price covers the instruction and model's fees; art materials will be provided if you enroll and pay for all 10 lessons by June 1st. If you are enrollling in just one session, please come to class prepared to draw on the first day of class with the following items:

18" x 24" pad of Newsprint Paper
18" x 24" Drawing Board
at least 3 or 4 charcoal pencils (4B & 6B)
Compressed Charcoal Sticks
Chamois Cloth (for blending)
Kneaded Eraser & Pink Pearl eraser
Utilty Knife for sharpening the charcoal pencils
Sandpaper pad

All items are available locally at Dick Blick's Art Supplies in Old Town Pasadena, Michael's and Aaron Bros. Art stores.